IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Volume 2 collects issues 5-8 and is a good follow up to the first Volume.
The story starts off where Volume 1 left off as we see the Kaiju Watchers being chased by Varan in China. Before Varan can get to them, he is suddenly attack by Rodan, and the two begin fighting. While they’re fighting, the Kaiju Watchers go to a Chinese military base for safety. One of the members however, ends up discovering that the Chinese military base contains the green Gargantua Gaira for scientific research.
Varan and Rodan end up crashing into the military base, and the member of the Kaiju Watchers that found Gaira decides to release him in order to fend off both Kaiju. Rodan retreats, and Varan ends up fighting Gaira. Varan then decides to fly away, but Gaira grabs Varans tail as he flies. The brown Gargantua Sanda then appears trying to reach out to Gaira but to no avail. The Kaiju Watchers then arrive at an airport so that they can keep searching for Godzilla.
Afterwords, Godzilla shows up in Las Vegas to fight the upgraded Gigan which is the design Gigan had in Godzilla: Final Wars. Gigan has the upper hand until the CKR (Counter Kaiju Reaction forces) calls for Moguera to defeat Gigan. But before Moguera showed up, Gigan was able to knock Godzilla conscious which gave the Cryog the opportunity to use one of their aircraft’s to absorb Godzilla. The aircraft ends up exploding revealing Orga. Godzilla is able to recover, but he now has to face both Gigan and Orga.
Orga was able to easily defeat Moguera which now makes Godzilla outnumbered. But before all hope seems lost, Jet Jaguar shows up to help Godzilla defeat both Gigan, and Orga. Orga is defeated by Jet Jaguar and the Cyrog try to recover the remains of Orga, but at the same time, they end up abducting two members of the CKR. Both Godzilla and Jet Jaguar succeed in defeating Gigan, but Godzilla (still unaware that Jet Jaguar is suppose to be his ally) ends up attacking Jet Jaguar. This leaves Jet Jaguar no choice but to knock Godzilla unconscious, and throw him into the ocean.
The Cryog then discover the two CKR members that are inside their ship and decide to eliminate them. But before the Cryog can finish off the CKR members, Jet Jaguar shows up and saves the two CKR members. Afterwords, the Cryog ask the Devonians for help, but the Devonians refuse because they’ve figured out that the Cyrog are planning on betraying them. The Devonians summon Biollante to destroy the Cryog, but Godzilla shows up and ends up fighting Biollante which allows the Cryog to flee.
While Godzilla and Biollante are fighting each other, Biollante has the upper hand. Godzilla decides to use his Atomic Breath to cause the Volcano on the island both him and Biollante are on to erupt so that he can throw Biollante into the Lava which ends Biollante’s life. After that, The Kaiju Watchers are on a ship trying to look for Godzilla, and 3 Kaiju Manda, Titanosaurus, and Gezora appear from the ocean right in front of them ending Volume 2 of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.
Just like in the first Volume, Chris Mowry’s writing is very solid. It’s also very cool to see Gaira and Sanda in something Godzilla related (especially since they’ve never been in any other Godzilla media in the past).
Matt Franks artwork also continuous to be spot on. Issue 5 is drawn entirely by Jeff Zornow and his art is spectacular (especially the way he draws Rodan).
The ending is a very great lead in to Volume 3 as it gets the readers anticipated to see the story continue.
Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 2 is a good follow up to Volume 1, and is perfect for any Godzilla fan.
I give Godzilla: Rulers Of Earth Volume 2 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs up.